Well Being

10 Things I Noticed Happened to Me After Being Sober for 6 Months

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While everyone was decked out in red, white, and blue celebrating America's independence from England just a few days ago, I was celebrating another accomplishment myself: my independence from alcohol. Just six months ago I was hospitalized for alcohol abuse, depression, and anxiety, and as of January 4 this year, I haven't had a drink.

I'm not going to lie and tell you that it's been easy — because my God, it has not. But the more I remembered the type of person I was while I was drinking, the more I realized I liked sober Jenn a lot more than blackout Jenn. And the easier it became.

No longer do I drink a bottle or two of wine every night to numb my pain and kick insomnia's ass. No longer do I wake up every morning with my anxiety at an all-time high, dry-heaving at my bathroom sink as I get ready for work (with a ginormous headache to accompany it all). And let me tell you, the freedom I feel from all of that is like nothing I've ever experienced.

Here are some more things that happened after I've been sober for six months. (And if you're contemplating trying out a sober lifestyle, let me tell you: if I can do it, you can do it, too.)